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Born to die and be born again, Gell the Jellyfae must discover her strange connection to the horrible monsters called humans, that speak with words she understands, but seem to want nothing but her death. Driven by a desire for safety and freedom, she ventures forth to Tread the Sky and finds more worlds than one.

©2020 Dustin Graham (P)2021 Tantor

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Heartwarming, thought provoking and fun.

This story follows the lovable main character Jel in an adventure that is hard to stop reading. The beginning runs a little long but she's out of the cave in no time and off to discover new things. The voice actor does a good job of bringing life to the book.

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Lots of potential for this series

The story takes on the interesting perspective of a virtual world as told from the perspective of a young and emerging sentient AI. The narrative makes an effort to adapt along with the main character's current understanding and does an excellent job of explaining the character's thoughts and reasoning behind all of her actions and her motives. I believe this series has a lot of potentials as she continues to grow into a more intelligent and more developed entity with a better understanding of how the world works. Both in-game and out-of-game.

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..Meh

Just kind of lame. Hardly any action, just a disgusting amount of emotions. The MC isn't just naive like a child, she's dumb like one too. Given a mountain of context clues, she still can't figure out basic stuff..
And for an A.I. especially, she is absurdly emotional. She rarely thinks or act logically... yet is still robotic when it comes to "mental" math.
And none of the programmers, usually somewhat semi intelligent people.. immediately realized when they discovered what might actually be a real A.I., that they could end up being world famous, Nobel prize laureates? Dumb.
Edit: I guess 1 random person at least realized they could make "billions".
Listening to the audio, and having to deal with the mc having yet another freak out, with that annoying, hysyerical , sobbing voice.. is headache inducing.
At this point, with 4 chapters left (curse my completionist ways) I just want them to delete this whiny, emoting, skynet jr.

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Good

Good good good Good good good (sorry I like the book but I am lazy) Good good good

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interesting story

I have never really felt bad and depressed for a character in a book before but this story just worked. and the ending was just like the final blow to me. the story is about a mob in a dungeon that is smarter than everyone else and her journey of self awareness. I'm not sure how a book 2 would work because of how this ended but I'd be interested in listening to what is basically closure for me

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Spur of the moment purchase that really payed off!

This was a great book and great narration. Something about how jelly was written really made me sympathize with the character and fell her highs and lows.

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Tries not to be a kids book, is

It feels like it tries not to be a kids book and curse, but it reads like one, boring and simple, no depth and basic. returning and dropping.

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great

I love the story and hope to see a second one so keep on writing and narrating

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An interesting take on emergent AI

The ending makes me think of Soma, and I want to hug Gell until the world stops.

This book really made me feel for its main character, and has a series of events driven by understandable and terrible emotions. The main character acting like a kid is genious, an AI just trying to understand its environment, and I just want to jump in and explain why she's been hurt.

Other reviewers think that just because the main character acts like a child, it's a children's book. Unfortunately, many of the things that happen in the book aren't so childish.

This book is criminally underrated. It's not the best book, I've read, but it's a solid 9/10. I'm almost afraid of what happens next, and the ending makes me think of a video game, Soma. I really hope Gell's code wasn't saved just for her to suffer a thousand deaths in other worlds, doomed to never understand what's happening to her.

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 06-09-21

Hidden Gem!

This was a superb LitRPG story and just one of the best YA fantasy stories I've read in years in general. I can see why stories like Artificial Jelly are probably viewed as a little too niche in appeal by mainstream publishers/audiences but books like this are the very reason I'm still so willing to take a chance on self-published stories. Every now and then I stumble across a real 5 star gem like Artificial Jelly!

The premise of the story was weird and fun. It was a LitRPG tale but non-standard by the fact that our lead POV character was not a human but rather a low level "monster" character coming to sentience/awareness unnoticed inside a futuristic VR world. Gell, the Jellyfae, knows she is not like the other monsters in her dungeon. They are all slaves to the rules while she has the ability to break them. Her calm and dull existence is interrupted when groups of horrible humanoid creatures start to invade her dungeon home. Gel is drawn to the humans, even if her instincts tell her to attack and kill them, because they, like her, can talk and break the rules. The problem is all the invaders seem interested in is killing Gel and her fellow dungeon dwellers over and over again!

The tale sounds weird and a like it does not have much potential for depth or emotional engagement but that could not be further from the truth as this was a tale with tons of emotional depth and Gel was a surprisingly easy character to get invested in and root for as she sought to find her place in this strange world.

The story was a good mix of LitRPG and old school coming of age fantasy tale. Dustin Graham had an engaging writing style and the pacing of the story was absolutely perfect. The tone was YA and often had light and humorous moments but those were undercut by some really dark moments and the slightly melancholic feel the story maintained. All that blended together to make a story with real emotional depth and one that had me hooked on Gels adventures from start to finish.

All in all this was one of the most engaging books I've picked up in ages and I hope Gel returns for more adventures in the future as her continued growth and development is sure to be as captivating to follow as her early growth was!

Rating: 5 stars. An easy rating as I got through this 12 hour audio in under 2 days and was disappointed there was not more to consume.

Audio Note: Traci Odom did a good job with the audio. It took me a little bit of time to warm to her in the early stages but as the story progressed I felt she really nailed the tone and was excellent at conveying the emotions felt by our young naive Jellyfae!

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 06-01-21

Amazing

The story was great and kept me thinking, and the narration was on point. I hope to endulge a sequel in the near future.